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Stevenson, Robert Louis (1850–1894).  A Child’s Garden of Verses and Underwoods.  1913.
  
XXXI. “Sing clearlier, Muse”

SING clearlier, Muse, or evermore be still, 
Sing truer or no longer sing! 
No more the voice of melancholy Jacques 
To wake a weeping echo in the hill; 
But as the boy, the pirate of the spring,         5
From the green elm a living linnet takes, 
One natural verse recapture—then be still. 

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